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Italy oozes style, culture and beauty – this break will lead you on a memorable adventure with excursions to Portofino, Genoa and a scenic journey by train and boat to the villages of the Cinque Terre. We also include a delicious Italian cookery class, with a chance to sample delicious food and fine wines.


Return ferry sailing

2 nights’ bed & breakfast en-route

5 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast in resort

Pasta cooking class with lunch

Boat trip to Portofino

Free time in Santa Margherita

Guided tour of Genoa

1 light lunch with typical Genoa products

Excursion to Cinque Terre with train ride from Chiavari – Riomaggiore + boat trip from Manarola - Monteresso


Day 1 – After an early departure we sail across the Continent and travel to our overnight hotel.

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to our main hotel for 5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 3 – We begin the day with a stroll around the beautiful Sestri Levante, this charming fishing village is located along a picturesque peninsular. Here we have arranged a cookery class, with a local chef who will teach you how to make typical Ligurian pasta. At the end of the lesson you will sample your dish of handmade pasta and a glass of white wine! This afternoon we take you to Basilica dei Fieschi, one of the most famous monuments the Romanesque-Gothic Liguria.

Day 4 – Enjoy a relaxing boat trip to Portofino a small but charming village on the Italian Riviera. Stop off at the pretty Piazzetta by the harbour, lined with cafés and restaurants – a lovely place to relax and watch the boats go in and out. After some free time we return by boat to Santa Margherita and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Santa Margherita is a wonderfully old-fashioned kind of Riviera resort where palm trees wave along the esplanade and bars, cafés and restaurants line the seafront.

Day 5 – Today we have arranged an excursion to The Cinque Terre, a collection of five villages that cling to the rugged area of coast line. These villages cannot be visited by coach so today we leave Chiavari by train for a scenic journey to Riomaggiore (the train station is 800m from hotel). Riomaggiore is the largest of the five villages and sits at the upper edge of Italy’s boot where the water is serene and unspoilt.  We then take a boat to Manarola, where you will have the chance to get off and have a look around. Manarola is famous for its brightly sweet Sciacchetrà wine, brightly coloured houses and is awash with priceless medieval relics. We then continue our journey again by boat to Monterosso, the westernmost of the five villages, famous for its lemon trees and anchovies. After some more free time we return to the hotel by train for tonight’s evening meal.

Day 6 – No visit to Liguria would be complete without a trip to Genoa, a fascinating city of art and one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Here we have arranged a guided tour of the city, as we visit the narrow streets of Genoa’s Old Town and discover the hidden gems of this historic city. We end the day with a visit to a typical local shop where we will sample some of the tasty local delicacies.

Day 7 – We wave goodbye and travel to our overnight hotel.

Day 8 – After an early breakfast we arrive at Calais and return home.

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